Barnsley Council shortlisted for three LGC awards

We’re extremely proud and delighted to announce that we've been shortlisted for three awards at the 2021 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.

The LGC awards, held on the 4 November in London, celebrate excellence in local government and recognise the most exceptional talent, dedication and innovation across the local government workforce.

We’ve been shortlisted in the following categories:

Children’s services: The Early Help Navigator Role has been developed and implemented as a partnership between the Early Start and Families Service and Barnsley Hospital. This is an excellent example of innovation in children's services to provide the right early help and intervention support to families at the right time.

The service, hospital staff and commissioners are proud of the impact this role is having on identifying and signposting to early help services at the earliest opportunity. The purpose of the role has been to engage with children, young people and their families at the point of their attendance at hospital, where assessment based on joint triage and listening to the voice of the child and family identifies that they would benefit from early help services and support.

The role plays a strong part in our approach to meeting the needs of children who need help and protection, in particular early help enabling them to achieve positive outcomes and meet their full potential.

Economic Support: The £5 million Principal Towns scheme was developed to support economic growth aligned to local needs of our local areas delivering change across areas, including; the public realm, employment, culture and art, environment and health, security and local businesses. The Principal Towns are Cudworth, Goldthorpe, Hoyland, Penistone, Royston and Wombwell.

Investment has been made into a shop front grant scheme, enabling shops to apply for a grant to improve the front of their shops, using local contractors to carry out works. The grant scheme has been extremely successful, not only in the physical works of improving the shops on the high street but also providing work for local Barnsley businesses. Improvements to local high streets has been invaluable since COVID-19 has resulted in the need to shop locally where possible.

Due to COVID-19 and the need for economic recovery, a further £1.5 million has since been allocated to develop investment plans for Principal Towns. Our ambitions are for these to deliver interventions, such as business development, digital training, business-led high street alliances, cultural opportunities, environmental improvements, education and skills development, created in partnership with local communities.

Partnership (Public Private): Barnsley Council with XPO Logistics: Public Health and Regulations team together with XPO Logistics worked in partnership to tackle the indirect social, economic and health harms from COVID-19.

Barnsley has experienced higher rates of infection and death during the pandemic than other parts of the country.  Barnsley Council’s Public Health and Regulation team has worked in partnership with XPO Logistics to tackle the health, social and economic harms suffered by some of our most vulnerable communities with significant impact.  

A constant common thread in our rates of infection includes deprivation, inequalities and exclusion.  Our unique collaboration has prioritised these threads through people, inclusion and wellbeing and is continuing to do all it can to adapt to the ever-changing operating environment and health landscape.

Through the recognised value of assessing risk early in the pandemic, the partnership identified the long-term nature of the innovative controls required to enable the business to be more resilient and allow them to continue trading throughout the period of emergency restrictions. This has included new buildings, extra buses for workers to allow social distancing, thermographic cameras, sensor toilet and tap installation, biomisting programmes and proximity sensors for staff.

Barnsley Council’s Chief Executive, Sarah Norman said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for three LGC awards this year.

“The last 18 months have been incredibly tough and yet our staff have not only approached the challenges head on; they’ve recognised the opportunities for best practice and driven them forward with our partners. This attitude only confirms in my mind that our staff are some of the best in Local Government.

“All those involved should feel a proud sense of accomplishment for all of their hard work to make a Barnsley the place of possibilities for everyone. Good luck to everyone shortlisted.”

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